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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Luxury Hotel Buzz: Park Hyatt Vienna Announced for 2013

August 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt ViennaHot on the heels of the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, the striking new hotel designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a new luxury property for the Austrian capital. Slated for 2013, the 143-room hotel will be housed in a historic building on Am Hof, one of the largest squares in the UNESCO-listed First District. Architects Neumann & Partners will be converting the former bank into a luxury hotel, while FG Stijl is orchestrating the interior design. The Park Hyatt Vienna will have a restaurant, bar, cigar lounge, fitness center, spa, and conference facilities. When it opens, the Park Hyatt Vienna will become the seventh Park Hyatt hotel in Europe and the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Austria.


Hayman Island Resort Celebrates Reopening with Special Offer

August 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hayman Island ResortAustralia's Hayman Island-- oft described as one of the most stunning resorts in the world-- was severely damaged by cyclones earlier this year, and had to close for repairs. Now it's back, and better than ever. The five-month renovation, explains The Sydney Morning Herald, "touched almost every aspect of the Great Barrier Reef resort, starting with a 16-hectare garden landscape created by horticulturalist and TV star Jamie Durie." A new botanical garden centerpiece showcases 33,000 new plants and 327 new species; the landscaping alone cost A$4 million.

Hayman Island ResortLucky guests who check in now will experience a top-to-bottom refurbishment. And when you book the "Hayman Reopening Offer," you'll score an A$400 Resort Voucher to enjoy during your stay. This reopening offer is basically the "Hayman Escape" package which includes twin share accommodation and daily beachfront breakfast at Azure, along with the bonus resort voucher. Hayman Escape packages start from A$885 per person for 3 nights, and are available for sale until August 31, 2011 for travel from October 1, 2011- June 30, 2012. Valid for new bookings only, and subject to availability.


Win a Free Night's Stay with Langham's "Linger Longer" Campaign

August 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Huntington Hotel, PasadenaBack in May, the Langham Hospitality Group launched a special offer called "Linger Longer for Less." Available through August 31, 2011 at Langham hotels worldwide (including Pasadena, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shanghai), the promotion translates to real savings: stay two nights and get 10% off, stay three nights and save at least 15 percent with complimentary breakfast, linger four nights and save at least 20 percent with free breakfast and internet access. If you stay five nights, you'll get even more benefits: room upgrade included!

As part of this "Linger Longer" campaign, Langham recently announced a global social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo to search for top travel tips in key Langham cities. The prize? A free night's stay. To enter the contest, simply answer the question “If I could linger longer in a city with a Langham hotel, what would I do?” and email it with a photo (optional) to linger@langhamhotels.com. The most popular answer based on the most likes, comments and shares will win a free night’s stay in the Langham of the nominated city.

For more information, head over to Langham's Facebook page.


The U.K.'s Largest Spa is Now Open at The Corinthia London

August 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ESPA Life at Corinthia, LondonThe Corinthia Hotel's launch in London has not been a quiet affair. Over-the-top in every way imaginable, the opulent new hotel opened a spa in July that's been the talk of the town. The latest spa by industry leader Sue Harmsworth MBE, the ESPA Life at Corinthia is the largest spa in the U.K.- measuring over 37,000 square feet and covering four levels. It's also the worldwide flagship for ESPA, and the first location to offer the brand’s new ESPA Life concept, an integrated wellness approach that incorporates complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into a luxury spa environment. There's an entire floor devoted to thermal and wet areas including an indoor pool, black mosaic steam rooms, and an amphitheater sauna. Treatments include new age-defying facials and a ‘Rush Hour Beauty’ menu.


Sponsored Article: 4th Night Free at The West Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

August 2, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

The West Bay Club, Turks and CaicosRekindle your romance on the tiny island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos, voted the "top beach destination in the world" on TripAdvisor. The West Bay Club is paradise on earth: sitting directly on the white sands of the Turks and Caicos' most famous attraction, Grace Bay Beach. Blending Caribbean charm with contemporary chic, The West Bay Club features luxurious ocean-front suites with vast living areas, full kitchens or kitchenettes and outdoor terraces to enjoy the cooling breezes. All 47 suites boast breathtaking views of the famous white sands and aquamarine waters of Turks and Caicos.

To let you linger longer in the Caribbean, The West Bay Club is offering a 4th night free all summer long and into the fall. Available for travel until December 20, 2011, this offer also includes daily European breakfast! (This offer is not valid on studios; valid for new reservations only; limited number of rooms available; not combinable with other promotions.)

The West Bay Club, Turks and CaicosRecently recognized as a 2011 Fodor’s Choice selection, the family-friendly West Bay Club is ideal for any type of island getaway-- from group events and corporate outings to weddings and honeymoons. Amenities include a beautiful pool nestled in lush gardens, a full-service restaurant, free use of the Hobie Cat and other nonmotorized water sports, a well-equipped fitness center, a manager’s reception on Wednesday evenings and a kitchen stock-up service prior to guests' arrival. Complimentary wireless Internet throughout the resort is a nice perk, too.

 


Photo Contest: Win a $1000 Four Seasons Gift Card

August 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons London at Park LaneFour Seasons Hotels & Resorts is currently running a photo contest and the prize sounds too good to be true. Simply share a picture on the Four Seasons Summer Memories Photo Contest Flickr page with the tag "FSSummerPics" by August 15 and you could win a $1000 USD Four Seasons Gift Card for use at any Four Seasons hotel worldwide. (We've got our eye on Beirut, the brand spanking new hotel on Park Lane in London (pictured), or the glam resort in Marrakech...) They're looking for the shot that "best captures that unforgettable summer moment." The full contest rules can be found here.


Trump Could Transform Washington's Old Post Office Pavilion into a Hotel

August 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Old Post Office in Washington DCThe Old Post Office has gone through some hard times. Identified as "under-utilized" by the government, the iconic building-- listed on the National Register of Historic Places-- will be redeveloped and given a second lease on life. The Washington Post reports that the General Services Administration has begun soliciting proposals, and none other than Trump has leapt to the rescue.

"Trump Hotel Collection, the luxury lodging brand that bears the name of the New York real estate magnate, has proposed transforming the historic Old Post Office Pavilion into a nearly 300-room luxury hotel complete with conference meeting space, a spa and museum."

No doubt the D.C. property would be as swank as sister properties in Chicago, New York, Vegas, Waikiki, and Panama, where the new sail-shaped Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Latin America. Possible competition for Trump for this prime piece of D.C. real estate? Park Hyatt...


The Darling: A New Five-Star Hotel for Sydney

July 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sydney Opera HouseA new luxury hotel will up the luxury quotient in Sydney when it opens this fall, debuting $15,000-a-night penthouse suites complete with their own gambling room and 24-hour butler. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the city's newest five-star hotel, slated to open in mid-October 2011, will have stunning views of the city skyline and Darling Harbour. Part of the renovation of the Star City casino complex at Pyrmont, the new Darling Hotel will have 171 rooms with lavish, custom-designed interiors. The crème de la crème: the afore-mentioned penthouse suites. Occupying the top (12th) floor of the hotel, these four suites are enormous, designed to attract the high-rollers, entertainers, and big gamblers. General Manager Drew Schlesinger told the newspaper:

"They can order food from any of the restaurants, we can get anything for anyone. If they want American bison, we'll get American bison.''

Image by Matthew Field via Wikimedia


Coming to the Americas: Ritz-Carlton Resort to Open in Puerto Rico

July 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dorado Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

We just got a piece of news that's music to our ears. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced that they'll launch the first Reserve property in the Americas in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico in December 2012. The resort will be the second in the exclusive portfolio worldwide, joining Phulay Bay in Krabi, Southern Thailand. Back in the day (try 50+ years ago), Laurance S. Rockefeller opened Dorado Beach as part of RockResorts. Now, after a renovation, Dorado Beach Resort will morph into a 115-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve property. Situated on three-and-a-half miles of Caribbean coastline, the Dorado Beach Resort will have championship golf, a five-acre "botanical" spa, a fitness center, a Beach Club, and a Wind and Waves center with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. (Guests will be able to partake in hands-on eco-adventures using Dorado Beach "as a natural classroom.")


W Hotel South Beach Turns 2, Gives Away a Luxury Stay

July 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel South Beach'Tis the season. For contests and giveaways, that is! First we told you about Trump Chicago's babymoon contest on Facebook, and now we've got the scoop on another fun one. W Hotel South Beach is celebrating its second birthday with a Sweepstakes on Facebook. When they reach 10,000 fans, they'll give away a two-night stay-- filled with glamorous treats-- to one lucky Facebook fan. You'll get to bed down in an oceanfront Mega suite with its very own plunge pool and outdoor BBQ. As part of the "Built for Two" anniversary package, you'll enjoy: a Jetski rental for 2, 2 express services at Bliss Spa, daily breakfast for 2 at Solea, 2 cool cocktails at the Living Room Bar, and a limited edition 2 Year Anniversary gift. Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. The Sweepstakes ends on July 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm (EDT).

Want to learn more about the hotel? Here's how it's billed: "In the playground of celebrities and on the boardwalk of the fashion jet set is where you’ll find W South Beach, a beachfront oasis dreamed up by international tastemakers, framed by famed art deco and in the heart of Miami’s hottest nightlife."